WILMINGTON—The North Carolina filmed comedy, Tammy, hits theatres nationwide this Wednesday, July 2, in anticipation of the 4th of July holiday.
Filmed in Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender counties, the feature stars Oscar winner Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, Identity Thief, The Heat, TV’s Mike and Molly) as a down on her luck fast food worker who hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother after losing her job and finding out her husband has been unfaithful.
Joining McCarthy on the screen are Susan Sarandon (NC-filmed Bull Durham, Thelma & Louise), Kathy Bates (Misery, The Blind Side), Allison Janney (Mom, The West Wing), Dan Aykroyd (The Blues Brothers, Ghostbusters, Saturday Night Live), Toni Collette (The Way Way Back, Little Miss Sunshine), and Sandra Oh (Sideways, Grey’s Anatomy). The film was written by McCarthy and her husband, Ben Falcone, who also directed the film.
The feature was produced by Gary Sanchez Productions and New Line Cinema, who also filmed their hit features Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, We’re The Millers, and The Conjuring in North Carolina.
Production on Tammy took place over the course of over 140 days in 2003. Audits conducted by the state’s Department of Revenue show that the feature film had a direct in-state spend of more than $14.5 million while creating in excess of 375 job opportunities.
Tammy was one of more than 60 productions who registered with the North Carolina Film Office in 2013 that resulted in having an economic impact in excess of $243 million while creating more than 4,000 well-paying job crew positions for the state’s highly skilled film professionals and nearly 25,000 total job opportunities over the course of a record-high 5,700+ production days that year. In addition to Tammy, highlights from 2013 included filming on the feature films Tusk, The World Made Straight, Grass Stains and The Squeeze, the television series Under The Dome, Sleepy Hollow, Banshee, Homeland and Eastbound and Down, and the made for television movies Christmas In Conway, Norman Rockwell’s Shuffleton’s Barbershop and The Perfect Summer as well as national commercials for Mountain Dew, ESPN, Planters, Audi and Fiat.
Watch the trailer for Tammy below: